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The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again Chapter 18 Summary How It All Goes Down
The Return Journey Bilbo wakes up all alone on the battlefield. He takes off his ring of invisibility and a man who has been sent to find him carries Bilbo down to the camp (much easier to locate a guy when he's not invisible). Gandalf is glad to see Bilbo. He quickly brings Bilbo to Thorin, who's dying. Thorin tells Bilbo that he wants them to be friends again. He adds, "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" (18.19). Thorin passes away, and Bilbo cries. Bilbo learns later that the Eagles came upon observing that the goblins were massing their armies for attack. Following the Eagles, Beorn appeared alone in his bear shape, seeming "to have grown to almost giant-size in his wrath" (18.22). Beorn attacked the goblins and Wargs from the rear and fought right through their ranks. With the help of the Eagles and Beorn, the men, elves, and dwarves rallied and fought back the goblins and Wargs. They won! And "the mountains had peace for many a year" (18.24). Dain has been crowned King under the Mountain. Ten of the twelve dwarf companions of Thorin are still alive: Fili and Kili both died defending Thorin. But the other ten stay with Dain. Dain hands over a fourteenth portion of the treasure to Bard, as Thorin promised before the war. Bard uses the money to rebuild Dale and enrich Lake-town. Bilbo comes away with two small chests of treasure – "That will be quite as much as I can manage" (18.37). Bilbo and Gandalf ride along with the Elvenking to Mirkwood. Beorn accompanies Bilbo and Gandalf to his house close to the Misty Mountains. Bilbo and Gandalf spend the winter with Beorn. Then Bilbo and Gandalf continue on to Rivendell.
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